Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Could Never, Ever, Ever, Be This Clever... never.

We've all seen them.  The old entertainment centers turned into child size play kitchens.  Well, I'm going to show you an awesome one today.  It makes me wish my kids were still little.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I wish I were still little and could play with this.
Let's meet Kathleen Woolsey of The Emptier Nest.  Pardon this picture but Kathleen was in such a big hurry to get going on this project, that she started it and THEN remembered, "Before picture!".  

Kathleen removed the doors and back of the unit.  She cut the top off the whole thing and used part of it for the countertop.  She faux painted it, giving it the appearance of granite.  She then marked and drilled holes for the sink and faucet, which she picked up at her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.   She drilled holes for the stove knobs which are actually drawer pulls that she ran across the table saw to cut dial indicators.  For the stove top itself, she used a thin piece of plywood painted black with CDs attached for burners.  

The right interior (where the TV sat) was totally gutted except for the bottom shelf.  Kathleen trimmed the right side down to counter height.  Evened the sides of the fridge, put a top on and added an interior shelf.  New doors were made from 1/2" plywood.   You can't have a refrigerator without storage, so shelves were added to the refrigerator door.  Kathleen writes, "Actually what you see is the 3rd door. I don't remember what was wrong with the first one but the interior shelves were too big on the second door and it wouldn't close. The sink door is the second fridge door cut down."   

The long handles are hardwood scraps painted silver. Kathleen has a local furniture builder who dumps their scraps in a big bin out front for the taking.  She says sometime it looks like a "feeding frenzy" out there with people going through it.  

Let's take a look at this kitchen masterpiece...

What did I tell you?  Clever, clever, clever!! 

Yesterday Kathleen delivered it to the Green Light Restoration store in Grass Valley, California where she sells her goods.   When she came back to get it displayed, it had already sold!!  How about that?!?  Great job Kathleen!  We can't wait to see the next one you do.  There has to be a next one, too!

Kathleen says this is the first time she has ever taken on a big project like this one.  I have to say, I think she has some serious talent going on.  I'm glad she tackled this furniture flip AND that we all get to see the completed piece.  

Head on over to The Emptier Nest's Facebook page and let Kathleen know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  Go look at the table she made out of a set of encyclopedias.  Try doing THAT with GOOGLE in a few years kids.  You won't be able to.  Say what you will about Google and the internet making books and libraries obsolete.  You can't make a table out of Google or the internet, now can you?  I rest my case.

Thank you Kathleen for sharing your fun furniture flip!  

The rest of you...what are you waiting for?  Get out there!  Grab something, redo it, and submit it to me.  Email me at .  In the meantime, we are ALWAYS accepting your witty comments here on the blog. 
See ya tomorrow!
~ Stephanie


  1. This is one of the most fabulous transformations I have ever seen! I am so inspired and headed to get my saw!!

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  3. I love it! Now I just need a couple of grandbabies so I can make one! TOOOOOOO CUTE! :)

  4. Awesomely creative! There is a child out there that is going to be blown away and so excited to play in that kitchen!


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